Okay, I understand that there are some serious gaps in the narrative here. As in, where the hell have you been for the last couple weeks, Maria? I get that. And once things slow down, I will do my best to fill in the potholes of this story.
For now, I’m going to say I miss my McColl peps very much.
Yep. I’m at the International Quilt Festival here in Houston, Texas. I am staying at the lovely downtown Hilton Americas-Houston. Any of you who have stayed at a hosting hotel during a conference/convention know you are paying for the convenience of being centrally located. This is nice, but internet is REALLY nice too. And for some greedy reason these posh conference hotels are stingy with their computer connections. It’s really not nice.
When I got here on Tuesday afternoon, I tried to take shower. There was no hot water. A very nice handy man spent about an hour fixing things up. In the end, he apologized and offered me a complementary coffee. I said, what I really want is internet. He said, I can give you lunch. And I said, well, okay.
And that is what I am doing right now. Enjoying my complementary lunch while poaching lobby internet.
Yesterday, I went with the lovely Ms. Heather Pregger and company to the visit the Rothko Chapel, the Menil Collection, and Cy Twombly Gallery. They are all located with walking distance of each other. No photos were allowed, but here is the evidence that I was nearby.
The Menil Collection is showing a wonderful exhibit called Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence.
In the east gallery, there is an exhibit called Experiments with Truth. One of the most interesting pieces in the exhibit was a video installation by South Korean-born, New York based Kimsooja called A Needle Woman.
The video installation created in 2005, places Kimsooja on six different busy streets from around the world. She films herself in each of these locations standing still while individuals from each city walk past her. The cities she films are Patan, Nepal; Havana; Rio de Janeiro; N’Djamena, Chad; Sana’a, Yemen; and Jerusalem, Israel.
She selected these cities because they are “cities in conflict, ones experiencing poverty, violence, post-colonialism, civil wars, and religious conflicts”.
As a viewer, you initially think each screen holds the same information, but as you continue to watch, you realize that Kimsooja is the only constant in the films. Each culture responds differently to her presence. It is mesmerizing.
I was especially aware of how American culture seems to have permeated all other cultures–there were flashes of our clothing, our advertising, and our behavior on all six of the screens.
It was a great way to spend the day.
The evening was a different VERY American cultural experience.
Here is a view of the vendors setting up on Tuesday night for the opening of the quilt shows and the shopping.
After four hours, my legs gave out–I should not have worn such fashionable shoes–and I retreated to my hotel room for some rest. But first a glimpse at the amazing collection of red and white quilts that are on display this year in honor the Festival’s 40th anniversary.